A Complete Guide To The Behringer Crave Synthesizer

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This series of videos, via XNB, offers a complete guide to the Behringer Crave, a standalone semi-modular synth design based on the Moog Mother-32.

The first video, above, offers a complete walkthrough of the Behringer Crave and its capabilities.

Topics covered:

0:00 – Intro
02:13 – Output VCA
04:55 – Envelope
10:53 – OSC
20:11 – Filter (VCF)
28:01 – Modulation (LFO)
29:50 – Glide
33:17 – Keyboard mode
37:16 – Rec a pattern
42:48 – Banks,Pattern,step,save
52:59 – Accent, Rest
56:43 – Edit patterns
01:02:26 – Gate and Tie
01:09:03 – Glide
01:15:37 – Ratchet
01:19:22 – Put in practice
01:23:04 – Step mode
01:27:26 – End,Reverse,Hold,Mute
01:31:35 – Arp
01:37:22 – Conclusion

The second video, below, takes a look at the Crave’s patchbay:

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Topics covered:

0:00 – Intro
01:16 – LFO Tri, LFO Squ OUT
08:02 – Cutoff, Res IN
10:02 – MIX 1&2 IN, VC MIX Out
18:36 – OSC CV & OSC FM IN’s
26:07 – LFO Rate, Env, KB CV
38:26 – Multimeter
44:05 – OSC MOD
49:29 – EXT Audio, SQR & SAW OUT
55:09 – Mix CV & MIX VC Mix
01:03:43 – Multiple In & Out’s
01:07:47 – Gate OUT
01:11:29 – ENV GATE IN
01:17:42 – Tempo & Play/Stop
01:27:54 – Reset & Accent
01:30:09 – VCF, VCA CV
01:38:11 – ASSIGN

Note: Since the Crave copies the Mother-32 design, most of this discussion will apply equally well to the original Moog design.

Check it out, and share your thoughts on the Crave in the comments!

Wendy Carlos Demonstrates The Moog Modular Behind ‘Switched On Bach’

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In this vintage BBC video, electronic music pioneer Wendy Carlos demonstrates the Moog modular synthesizer used in the creation of Switched On Bach.

Switched On Bach, originally released in 1968, did as much as any album to bring electronic music to a mainstream audience. The album topped the Billboard Classical Albums chart from 1969 to 1972 and went on to sell over a million copies. 

In the video, Carlos explains the basics of modular synthesis on the Moog modular synth and demonstrates how Switched On Bach was recorded.

This clip is from BBC’s Music Now, originally broadcast 8 February, 1970.

Eventide Misha Tone Row Step Sequencer (Sneak Preview)

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This video, via Reverb, offers a sneak preview of the upcoming Eventide Misha sequencer from the 2022 NAMM Show.

The Eventide Misha is a 28hp Eurorack instrument/sequencer that uses a unique, interval-based approach to playing and creating melodies. It can control and sequence other modules via MIDI or via 3 CV/Gate pairs.

Features:

  • Make sound three ways via MIDI, control voltage (with three independent gate/cv pairs) or outputting waveforms via the audio jack
  • External control templates for MIDI and QWERTY keyboards
  • 100 factory scales and additional slots for up to 100 user/custom scales (Scala support)
  • Tone row based sequencer inspired by the classic compositional technique used in serial music
  • Comprehensive control of sequence playback to easily manipulate and expand upon your musical ideas
  • Create rhythmic variations using clock division
  • Four user-assignable buttons
  • 18 user presets
  • CV inputs for external trigger/control sources
  • Clock input for syncing to external sources. User configurable PPQ settings
  • Audio output for internal oscillator
  • Polyphony via 3 CV outputs or MIDI
  • Micro-USB for easy firmware updates using Eventide Device Manager
  • Micro-SD card for saving/loading scales and settings

Pricing and Availability

The Eventide Misha will be available this summer for $599 USD.

Making AR and AD Envelopes with an ADSR – Featuring WMD Javelin

Synth module makers WMD recently released a video showing how to make AD and AR envelopes using an ADSR envelope + VCA module.

In this video, WMD’s Alex demonstrates the differences of each style of envelope and how to make them with the WMD Javelin Envelope + VCA combo.

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Alex explains what’s happening in the video:

“Snappy” is a subjective term commonly used to describe the way an envelope sounds. It can be likened to word like quick, fast, plucky, blippy etc. AD envelopes are known for their snappy qualities and strengths in making percussive blips and bongo like sounds. The javelin has lots of really unique options for an envelope like Accent, voltage levels, time ranges, and a mode switch that makes it act much more like a triggered A/D than your common ADSR. A super versatile module for all sounds and styles of synthesis.

We then go a bit deeper into what this type of envelope can be used for and introduce the WMD C4RBN filter to create a low-pass gate inspired patch.If you’ve ever wondered if the filter goes before or after the VCA, Alex shows examples of both and explains why you might want to do it one way or the other.

This is one of a slew of instructional videos on WMD’s YouTube channel.

Here’s another about the Javelin module, but instead of making “snappy” envelopes, Alex is creating very slow, long Eurorack envelope signals:

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The modules demonstrated in the videos are available via the WMD website.

VectorSynth Announces New Firmware, Production Updates

The makers of Vector Synth have recently announced the availability of a new firmware update, along with news of another production run.

Vector Synth is a digital synth module that features a hybrid synth engine, 16-voice polyphony, a deep arpeggiator, effects and more.

The focus of the latest firmware update is implementing Vector Synth users’ most requested features, as well as improvements to the Orbiter engine and a new filter.

The two new Orbiter engine boasts two new shapes: N-Gon and Pulse. Already existing lissajous-based formulas provide smooth timbre changes, while the new shapes are designed for sharp and intricate thumping rhythms, almost to the point of timbre sequencing.

Another improvement is the introduction of a new Formant filter, which brings us up to 5 filter types, up to 4 filters per voice, in a maximum concurrent total of 64.

At a glance:

  • Two brand new Orbiter shapes: N-gon and Pulse
  • New filter: Formant
  • Increased available Orbiter speeds
  • Adjustable knob speed
  • Adjustable pitch bend range
  • Added an option to set the default preset and BPM
  • Better MIDI Bank Select to load patches support
  • Damper and Sostenuto CC support
  • MIDI Through support
  • MIDI Continue support
  • “Dot” Delay Time added
  • Double-tap on a preset to load
  • Added an option to hide incoming MIDI CC popups
  • Screen brightness adjustment
  • as well as various other “fixes and small improvements”

The firmware update is available here.

Vector Synth also announced that they have begun producing their sixth batch of synthesizers since the debut of the synth in 2019. Components are in stock, and units are being produced and shipped within ten days of ordering at this time.

Vector Synth is available exclusively via the Vector Synth website, and is 825€ (plus EU VAT, where applicable).

Additional information, including Soundcloud examples, is at the Vector Synth website as well.

New Eurorack Module Features 200 Effects In 14HP

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Happy Nerding has introduced FX AID Pro, a new Eurorack module that packs 200 effects into 14HP.

Features:

  • OLED screen shows current effect’s number, name and its three parameters
  • 200 onboard effects which can be arranged in any order via online editor https://fxaid.app/pro
    instant switching of the effects or seek then activate option
  • stereo input level control
  • SRR input can also be routed to parameters 1-3 or effect selection
  • advanced internal lfo which can be routed to the Sample Rate, parameters 1-3 or effect selection
  • manual control of the Sample Rate with one click for default position
  • 10 user storable presets with handy indicator lines for each stored parameter
  • screensaver with 1, 10, 30, 60 minutes options
  • easy update by playing wav file, level indicator for proper volumes matching
  • 14 HP size

Pricing and Availability

The FX Aid Pro is expected too be available in one month for 330 USD or 300 Euro+VAT

AJH Synth MiniMod Multi Burst Envelopes

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AJH Synth has introduced the MiniMod Multi Burst Envelopes, a Eurorack module that generates variable length bursts of repeating envelopes that can change over time, with CV control of all functions.

The BURSTS control selects a “Burst Sequence” of between 1 and 40 individual envelopes. The envelope shape of a burst is chosen with the rotary switch, or it can be varied using an external CV, so that it is even possible to chose a different envelope shape for each individual burst in a sequence.

The width of the envelope (i.e. the attack and decay time) is varied with the P-WIDTH control and this can also be CV controlled as a sequence is progressing, so it is possible to vary the envelope speed of each individual envelope burst while a Burst Sequence is running.

The repeat time of individual bursts in a Burst Sequence is set with the LFO Rate control. The LFO rate can be varied with an external CV as a sequence is progressing, so the gap between envelopes can speed up or slow down over time. An external clock can also time the bursts in a burst sequence instead of, or in addition to the internal LFO. Bursts can also be manually incremented with the CLK push button.

The SLOPE control allows Bursts to start quietly and build in level to maximum, or they can start at full level and then reduce in level as the Burst Sequence progresses. In the centre position all Bursts are of equal level.

Multi Burst Envelopes User Guide:

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Pricing and Availability

MiniMod Multi Burst Envelopes are available now priced at GBP 191.67.

A Complete Guide To The Behringer Neutron Synthesizer

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This pair of videos offer a complete, in-depth guide to the Behringer Neutron semi-modular synthesizer.

The Behringer Neutron is a dual-oscillator, semi-modular analog synthesizer of original design. It features internal normalization, so it can be used without any patching, but offers a matrix of patch points on its right side, so you can override the internal signal flow.

The first video, above, covers each aspect of the Neutron, including its oscillators, sync, paraphonic, filters, LFO, envelopes, envelopes, sample &hold, Slew rate limiter and attenuator.

Topics covered:

0:00 – intro
01:27 – Default patch
03:37 – VCO’s
10:55 – Paraphonic
14:14 – OSC Sync
16:25 – Note priority
23:03 – Filter
37-16 – VCA
41:18 – LFO
55:55 – ENV retrigger
58:36 – OD
01:03:33 – Delay
01:06:24 – S&H
01:12:55 – Slew rate/limiter
01:18:08 – Attenuators
01:22:55 – Autoglide
01:27:45 – OSC2 key trkg
01:29:54 – LFO reorder
01:35:57 – Key splitting
01:39:05 – Conclusion

The second video, below, covers each aspect of the patch bay, including demonstrating the use of each input and output.

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Topics covered:

0:00 – intro
01:59 – OUT/IN
03:09 – OSC’s
08:58 – ATT 1/2
20:53 – Shape 1/2
25:12 – PW 1/2
28:39 – VCF, Freq mod, Res
36:40 – Invert
38:17 – VCA,VCA CV
42:43 – E. Gate 1&2
47:56 – ENV 1&2
53:21 – Midi Gate
55:31 – LFO/UNI OUT
01:02:32 – Rate, Shape, Trig
01:11:27 – Mult in/out
01:14:32 – SUM
01:20:30 – S&H
01:28:05 – SLEW
01:34:12 – OD/Overdrive
01:41:12 – Delay
01:45:23 – Output/Noise
01:49:01 – Assign

Qu-Bit Electronix Debuts Aurora Spectral Reverb At Superbooth 2022

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At Superbooth 2022, Qu-Bit Electronix introduced Aurora, a spectral reverb capable of a wide palette of sounds: from lush caverns and whale songs, to ‘alien textures you’ve never created before’.

Aurora uses a phase vocoder audio engine, which separates the input signal’s time and pitch domains. By blurring these signals, you can achieve beautiful time-stretched tails, or cybernetic metallic effects.

Features:

  • Spectral reverb with true stereo audio IO
  • Phase vocoder audio engine running at 48kHz, 24-bit
  • Time stretched tails, icy shimmers, and voltage controlled whale songs
  • Front panel USB port provides easy firmware updates, user options, and more
  • Powered by the Daisy Audio Platform

Pricing and Availability

The Aurora Spectral Reverb is available to pre-order for $359 USD.

Moon Modular Debuts New Moog Format Effects Modules At Superbooth 2022

At Superbooth 2022, synthmaker Moon Modular displayed their Moog format modular line, showcased a new module in their Lunar Effects Suite, and introduced a new dual-VCA module.

The M 532 Voltage Controlled Phase Shifter is a phaser module, based on a classic phaser design. It is a fully analog design, featuring up to eight phasing stages.

It features a built-in voltage controlled LFO, with triangle and rising sawtooth waveforms, for modulation. The LFO OUTPUT is normalized to the PHASER CV INPUT. Voltage control over phase shift, feedback and dry/wet mix is also available.

With FILTER MODE in the CLASSIC position, all phasing stages receive the same phase shift information. The SPREAD mode supplies them with different phase shift information.

In addition to the M 532 Voltage Controlled Phase Shifter, Moon’s effects modules include:

  • The M 530 Voltage Controlled Digital Delay – a high quality stereo delay, with many unique features; and
  • The M 531 Voltage Controlled Analog Delay –  an analog delay module, with two separate bucket brigade delay lines.

Finally, Moon introduced the M502S Simple Dual Voltage Controlled Amplifier, a module that features two separate voltage controlled amplifier circuits, each with its own signal input and signal output, plus modulation input.

The module has a continuous linear/exponential controller and switchable AC/DC mode (audio signals/control voltages). The module can act as two independent mono or one stereo VCA.

Pricing and Availability:

  • The M 532 Voltage Controlled Phase Shifter will be available starting in June 2022 for 419 EUR (incl. the German VAT of 19%) or 352,10 EUR export price.
  • The Moon Modular M502S will be available starting in June for 279 EUR (incl. the German VAT of 19%) or 234,45 EUR export price.